Posted by Paul Malo on June 24, 2002 at 07:07:13:
In Reply to: DESIGN PROCESS!!!! posted by schmaltz on June 23, 2002 at 22:22:34:
Welcome, and thanks for your thoughtful question(s). There's enough here to discuss for a long time, as you're getting to the real heart of the matter.
Rather than a long essay in response, here's my view: the critical issue is to define the problem. That means sorting out what is more from what is less important. Every design project requireds a slightly different design process, depending on what sort of problem it is. There is no "one size fits all" or easy forumula for the design process.
The "eureka" or "inspiration" factor is really a function of this process of problem definition. The designer determines what is the most critical issue in the problem at hand. This is the "moment of truth." If you get to that point, you're home free--the rest falls into place naturally.
Put another way, what the design process requires is sorting out priorities--including YOUR OWN. Many hopeful designers seek validation from others about what is important--or hope that it will magically become revealed if one doodles enough. It doesn't.
Determining what is important is a matter of personal judgment and decisivness--and act not merely of objective analysis but an act of will. YOU have to decide what you will make important in your design.
You can't have it all ways, but must make trade-offs. Unless you stay the course with a clearly determined objective, you will flounder aimlessly in the design process.
Every great architect has been arbitrary and willful. There is no way to produce effective architectural by being passive and objectively neutral. You must take a stand and stand on your own.